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Users in the News: A Roundup of ARC-Supported Research Making Headlines - May 2018

Our ‘Users in the News’ series showcases and celebrates researchers who have recently made headlines, from local papers to international newswires.

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UBC prof nabs 100k prize for toddler language research

May 21, 2018
Vancouver Courier 

Janet Werker, a WestGrid user and professor with UBC’s Department of Psychology, has been awarded the Killam Prize for social sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the roots of speech perception in infancy, including the underlying neural and behavioural processes that ultimately lead to the development of language. Read the full article here.

2018 Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Research

May 16, 2018
Faculty of Science, University of Alberta

Each year, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science hosts the Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Research, an awards ceremony to honour and celebrate our exceptional faculty and staff. This year two Compute Canada users won an award. Physics professor Claire Currie receivedthe Excellent Teaching award. Her teaching evaluations are overwhelmingly positive in both comments and ratings, and she often participates in student-related outreach to be a representative for women in physics. 

Physics professor Frank Marsiglio received the ADLIBS (Associate Dean of Learning and Innovation Besties) award. He often uses new approaches to teach Quantum Mechanics, and has a  way of working with the students to help them to fully understand the material and help them love the course. Read more here.


Three UBC physicists receive national honours

May 15, 2018
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia

Two WestGrid users were among a recent group of University of British Columbia faculty to receive national honours. Andrea Damascelli, Director of UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, was awarded the 2018 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal for his contributions and leadership in the investigation of quantum solids and surfaces. 

Alison Lister, an associate professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, is an experimental particle physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to search for evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model. She was awarded the 2018 CAP Herzberg Medal for her many leadership roles in the ATLAS experiment and for the breadth of her contributions in particle physics. Read more here.


'Let's hope everyone made it out': virtual reality game immerses players in Port Alberni, B.C., tsunami

May 14 2018
CBC News

Yvonne Coady, a WestGrid user from the University of Victoria, and her team are working on a virtual reality simulation game that puts the player in the middle of a tsunami to see if they can survive. The data in the game is taken from a real life tsunami that happened in 1964. This simulation has the potential to help emergency crews be better prepared for responding to tsunamis and other natural disaster events. Read more here.